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Geosojda
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   Posted 8/30/2010 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone! i'm new here and wanted to drop a line to say hi and get some information.  So basically, i'm 29 married with a kid on the way shocked .  Right now i am dealing with my second bout of anxiety, the first was about 4 years ago.  I went on lexapro 10mg and that was a miracle, anxiety was gone within a week or so.  I stayed on the lexapro for about 1.5 years and got off it and was good to go, or so i thought...no anxiety between the time i went off lexapro and recently.  So fast forward to now and i have a kid on the way and i think that has caused a massive resurgence in my anxiety and i really need to deal with this before the baby comes which is in march.  So i went back to the doc and got back on lexapro 10mg about 9 days ago.  I tried to do celexa since its generic but i could only take two days of it, made me absolutely nuts.  I also have some ativan for when i have panic attacks/very bad anxiety.  So basically the last 9 days have been pretty bad, anxiety has just gotten worse, the bad days i feel like its debilitating, i'm going to stick with the lexapro and hope for the best.  Also, i think i have decided that i want to start seeing a psychologist to help me through this stuff.  So how does the process of getting a psychologist work?  Do i need a referral from my doc? or just call them up?  Any help would be greatly appreciated, i feel like i have been in a fog for the last two weeks, do anyone else get this?  Thanks everyone for your help, this seems like a great site with really helpful people


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   Posted 8/30/2010 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Geosojda,

Welcome. I looked into Lexapro once myself and found out too that there's no generic. Not sure why. Maybe it's too new and the patent hasn't worn out?! Whatever the reason, if it worked as well as it did in the past for you - then hopefully it'll work well for you now. Why mess with what works? I know name brands can be expensive, but you're health is too important.

Congratulations on being pregnant. (I'm assuming that you are the one who's pregnant). I'm not a doctor, but is this your first child? I wonder if the change in hormones and stuff which you may not be used to (not to mention the stress of being a new mom) could be part of why your anxiety is coming back now.

As far as finding a therapist... If you're using insurance you might want to call them to find out who in your area is covered. You can always look for referrals from friends, family, online, etc. and then call the insurance company and ask about an individual therapist or just call them and they'll give you whoever is closest and covered. If you're paying out of pocket (on your own) then yeah... you can just call someone up and ask if they're accepting new clients. Some therapists have websites where you can get a feel for who they are and their approach to treatment, but many good ones do not. You may want to also consider social workers who are similarly qualified. But whether it's a social worker or a psychologist they should be licensed in your state.

When you call expect to have a 5-10 minute conversation about what you're dealing with and whether or not they can help. Therapists, like doctors often have areas of specialty so you can ask if they have experience with anxiety like yours. Also I'd ask about anything else that might be a dealbreaker for you (for instance, if you have to have a therapist who speaks another language, is of a certain race, gender, faith, etc.). Remember that although it's a professional relationship, it's still a relationship and you'll be sharing a lot about yourself so the most important thing is to find someone you feel comfortable with. It's OK to try someone for a few weeks and give them a chance and then decide to see someone else. Good luck!

Geosojda
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   Posted 8/30/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the kind words, i should have been clear above, my wife is preggo! lol i am very excited about it! But also terrified as this is our first. My wife is a real tropper, dealing with the first preg and my problems, i'm trying to be strong for her. I called around today and made an apt with a doc next week and am looking forward to getting the process going. Just sucks having to deal with this after not have to for so long, but such is life and i guess i'll save that for the therapist! thanks again

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/30/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, welcome and congratulations! Good job on getting an appointment so quickly. I think that you will find that therapy is going to be a great long-term help for you. I really benefitted from cognitive behavoral therapy (cbt). It basically re-teaches your anxious brain to think in a new way, that reduces stress, anxiety and panic. Just a bit of advice...give it time to work. I was initially frustrated, and wanted to stop my sessions. My therapist told me that it doesn't work instantly, that sometimes it can take a while for the resultls to happen. (I thought that was a great way to keep patients coming-and paying) I stuck with it though, and he was right. I now have the tools I need to get through life without the daily anxiety attacks. What a great investment in time, so stick with it and good luck!
Scaredy Cat
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
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